Long before The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Todd Rundgren and Phil Spector — the people most often credited with revolutionizing modern pop — Les Paul created the solid-body electric guitar and was wowing the masses with amazing multi-tracked music.
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On a stop in Waukesha to visit his father’s new tavern, Paul agreed to play the opening. Without his trio for backup, Paul turned to Ford, even though she’d never played any of his songs on guitar herself. The new duo managed, however, and they started rehearsing the next day, along with a bass player they’d found. They spent several months in Waukesha polishing their act and playing nightly. Paul and Ford were married Dec. 31, 1949.